I have had some very nice moments together with VINTERSORG’s music so now that there is a new album out I wanted to know more. Answers from Mr. V. Anders Ekdahl ©2017
I thought that VINTERSORG was a thing of the past. What was it that made you decide to do another album?
Mr V: Vintersorg has done albums throughout the years, not every year but quite close to each other so this album is our 10th full length album and we’ve also done an Ep and now another Ep as well. So, Vintersorg has always been present but our musical legacy is quite broad as we did some more progressive albums, still a lot of folk music on them. We just continue to follow the path we’ve made for ourselves and do the music we want, out of passion and pleasure.
I wanted to start a band in the 80s but couldn’t fin d the right people to do so with. What was it that made you want to be in a band?
Mr V: I grew up playing in billions of bands and it’s like being in sports team, everyone has a role and everyone is important to make the team work perfectly. Sometimes the chemistry isn’t right and the team doesn’t work as it should. The you can work it out through dialogues or sometimes you just have to face the fact that you have to go spit ways. My first band called “The Wizards” was when I was like 8 years old, we wrote our own songs and it was a great time.
Do you feel, in your own modesty, that VINTERSORG has been fundamental in shaping a sub-genre all its own? What were the intentions when you did that very first album?
Mr V: I don’t know. I haven’t thought about Vintersorg as a creator of a genre or something like that. Instead I’ve always written the songs I want to play and that music turned out this way. I didn’t have any grand majestic plan when I started the band, it was just out of passion and on an emotional basis. So, the music you hear are not calculated and manipulated to fit into some genre or some popular music trend. It was just me trying to express myself through notes and words and I’ve stayed on that course. The music may have changes along the way as I’ve gone through many experiences as a person, but the essence is still the same.
How do you arrange the tracks? Is there a method to how you arrange the songs on a record?
Mr V: I write out of a free mind and then I try to figure out how to present that through an understandable context. I don’t have any specific formula that I follow strictly every time I write a tune, it’s on a much more primitive and emotional basis. Then I try to arrange it, that’s the step when the brain has to work a bit more. Iwork with atmospheres trying to arrange it into a very epic yet subliminal output, a lot of details and a lot of layers are going on
I am fascinated by how people can still come up with things that hasn’t been done before, chord structures that hasn’t been written, sentences that hasn’t been constructed before. Where do you find your inspiration to create?
Mr V: For me it’s very hard to know. I write just out of my mind and isn’t trying to be influenced by any specific direction. I have to go with what’s inside myself and for me it’s important to listen to what I want, not to follow what’s the latest trend or what others do. For me music is it’s own language, and I need to speak my own tongue. That doesn’t mean that I write totally unique stuff as I’m a part of a musical society and listen to music. My largest inspiration comes out of mother Nature’s embracing harbor. I live quite remote in a very small town at the foot of a mountain, so I have this inspiration source outside my window pane.
How important is the graphic side of the band? How much thought goes into art work etc.?
Mr V: Of course it’s important in a way. I like our music and lyrics to be displayed in a certain way. But the music and the word will always be the most important stuff. We don’t have any major gimmick or so…we just follow our hearts and this is how it turns out. We’ve found a way to match the musical vision with the graphical vision I think.
I get the feeling that more and more metalheads too are just downloading single tracks. Is the album as relevant today as it was in the 70s and 80s? Is digital killing the album?
Mr V:I Love digital That’s the way our modern society works and we should take the benefits out of that. But I write albums, not single tracks. I think our music is a journey that you should travel with for a period of time, not just fragments here and there. So, digital albums.
Are we killing our beloved metal scene by supporting digital downloading or can anything positive come from supporting single tracks and not albums? Will the fan as we know him/her be gone soon?
-Mr V: digital downloading through legal channels is great I feel. I love vinyl and it’s great that our record company Napalm records are now releasing our stuff on vinyl as well. But the digital downloading isn’t killing the scene as long as it’s done through the legal channels.
Is there a scene to speak of for a band like yours? Where do you fit in?
-Mr V: I don’t know and have never known that. Our music is very folk music oriented but it’s not many of other folk metal bands…so It’s hard …and especially for me that’s on the inside of it. I don’t cathegorize our music in that sense, it’s just music with power and passion.
What does the future hold?
Mr V: More albums, more music. I’m not done yet…I don’t think I’ll ever be.